Here are some frequently asked questions
Why is the leather colour peeling away from my seat cushions?
If leather has not been cleaned and dirt and oil builds up on the surface it will damage the leather and this type of peeling may occur. It can also be from using harsh cleaning products on your leather surface like jif, washing up liquid, baby wipes and general home cleaning products. These products will quickly remove the protective surface on the leather exposing it to wear and tear and eventually peeling. YES, it can be repaired. Firstly we deep clean the leather then remove all the colour that is peeling and[possibly more if it is weakened in other areas. The leather is then prepared and the colour mixed to match your leather, applied and finally protected.
My leather sofa looks like it is cracking on the surface, how can it be repaired?
If the surface of your leather sofa is cracking it is more than likely the pigmented surface that is wearing and cracking. This happens from excessive wear and either incorrect cleaning products or not being cleaned at all. It is important to repair this type of damage as soon as possible as further use will allow dirt and oils to penetrate the leather hide. If excessive oils get deep into the leather it may take longer to clean and restore.
But do not worry this type of damage is very common and can be restored with an application of more pigment after a deep clean. The pigment is mixed onsite to match your leather so only the damaged areas need recolouring. One finished the colour is sealed and a leather protector is applied. Your leather will look as good as new and with the correct after care will last for many more years.
A stain from a new pair of jeans will not clean off, what can be done?
The dyes in new jeans, cushions and throws usually do not have their dyes fixed. This means that the colour will leech or transfer onto your leather. This can happen to a cream leather bag against new jeans or new red cushions on your leather sofa. These dyes are usually solvent based so they will not clean off with water based cleaners. Our jean and dye transfer kit will clean off this type of stain if the stain has not been there for a long time. Stains that have had time to go deeper into the leather will require restoration work. In these circumstances we clean back the stain, which will remove the protective layer and some colour. Then we mix a colour to match your leather and reapply a new protective finish and match the sheen of the sofa.
By applying a Leather Protector when the sofa is clean will make it much easier to remove this type of staining if it occurs.
Can an oily/greasy patch be cleaned from the head area of my sofa?
This type of cleaning can take some time if the oil has been on the leather for a long period. The longer the oil or grease sits on the leather surface without cleaning the deeper it will go into the fibers. When we remove an oil or grease stain from leather the colour will also be removed. When the stain has been fully removed the area is coloured with a dye or pigment mixed to match the leather. This is a popular problem on aniline leather but regular cleaning and protecting will stop this from happening. If you have new aniline leather and will use your sofa every day use our Lazy Leather about every 2 weeks to keep it cleaned and protected. See the question below if you have just bought a new leather suite and want it protected.
I purchased a new leather suite of furniture, what can I do to keep it clean?
Firstly your furniture may not have a protector applied to it in the factory so it is most important before use to apply a Leather protector. You can purchase a leather ultra protector here and apply it when the sofa arrives. Depending on the use of the furniture an application every 2-3 months is average. It will only need a light coat of the protector which will dry within 5 minutes. For a light maintenance clean use our Lazy Leather every 2-3 weeks to clean away daily dirt, this product also contains a protector so you do not need to reapply the Ultra protector after light cleaning. The leather protector will not stop the leather from getting dirty but the dirt will sit on the protector and not the leather. When you clean the dirt away it will not have damaged the leather and it will also be much easier to clean. Always apply a leather protector after deep cleaning with our Ultra Leather shampoo. Our Ultra home Leather Cleaning Kit contains all you need to care for your new furniture and can be purchased here
I have spilt red wine on my leather hand bag, can it be cleaned?
Cleaning will make little difference to a red wine stain, the wine will have absorbed into the leather fibers and dyed the leather that colour. The only way it can be repaired is to have the section with the stain recoloured. We would mix a leather pigment to exactly match the leather colour and apply it to the cleaned prepared surface. After it is sealed and protected you would not notice the damage. Visit our Previous work page to view some examples.
My dog has chewed a hole in my sofa, can it be fixed?
If it is a small hole on any high usage areas like a seat it can be repaired by using a flexible heat sealed leather filler and backing material. The repair is then grain & colour matched to the rest of the leather and sealed in to give a permanent repair that you will not notice. However if your pet has made a large hole bigger than 2 inches on a seated area this type of repair may not be strong enough to hold. Your only option is to replace the panel of leather and have it colour matched. It can be costly to replace a leather piece. If the hole is on the back or side repairing can be much easier.
My furniture is badly stained, can it be cleaned?
Yes it can, depending on your type of leather your leather can look like new after deep cleaning. To check what leather type you have click here to identify your leather type. Pigmented leather types clean very well but aniline is more difficult to get out deep stains. Dirt will sit on top of pigmented leather making it easy to clean. Aniline leather will allow stains to be absorbed into the hide making it harder to get the stain out. Aniline leather is particularly susceptible to oil stains and these need time to be extracted and may need colour restoration after.
My cat has scratched my leather sofa, can it be repaired?
Yes pigmented leather repairs very well, so much that you will not even know the damage was there in the first place. The scratches are removed and the area is recoloured to make an invisible repair. If there are holes in the leather we can heat fill the hole with a flexible leather filler with grain embossed on top of the filler, then recoloured and protected. If you have other leather types the process can be more difficult to achieve a good result. Call us to see what we can do for you
How to remove ink marks from leather?
Unfortunately most inks will dry almost instantly on contact so it can be difficult for you to remove. DON’T use any harsh products like hair spray, nail varnish remover, jiff, bleach, it will cause more damage to the leather.. If the ink make will not remove with a sponge and mild detergent it has leeched into the pigment of the leather. Removing the ink now will almost certainly remove the colour and protective layer. Don’t worry it can be repaired, we can safely remove the ink and reapply any new colour matching your leather and then seal the repair and protect the leather. This can be carried out in your home and ready for use after.
What to do with nail varnish on leather?
Do nothing, but wipe up as much as possible before it dries!! Any attempt to remove the nail varnish with nail varnish remover will certainly remove the colour from your leather. You will get out the nail varnish but you will be left with the leather hide exposed and the surface colour and protector removed. When we remove nail varnish we carefully do it so not to cause too much damage to the leather hide, when it is all removed we reapply a colour mixed to match your leather. It is then sealed and protected and you will never know it happened 🙂
How do we clean your leather?
Firstly we will need to know how old and what cleaning has been used previous, this is just to give us an indication of what condition the leather is in. Then we will look more closely with a microscope, this will let us know exactly what results can be achieved with cleaning and what process to use. Before we carry out any cleaning we will discuss with you what it will cost and what will be achieved with cleaning.
All of this is carried out in your home or business with NO CHARGE (in Co.Dublin & Co. Sligo).
When we begin cleaning we will thoroughly inspect the piece and begin with a mild water based solution to reintroduce moisture and begin the breakdown of dirt and grime. Next a water based foam cleaning solution is used along with gentle agitation, this will remove the dirt. If there is still dirt after cleaning we will clean again, 2 or 3 gentle cleans is better than one heavy clean. Finally and most the important step to keep your cleaned leather in good condition is to apply a protector.
How long does it take to Clean Leather Furniture?
Depending on the level of dirt that is on the leather it can take anywhere from 40 min to 1 hour to deep clean and protect a leather single couch. A three piece sofa can take up to four hours to deep clean and protect. When complete your furniture is dry and ready to use.
How do we recolour leather?
This process is only for pigmented leather.Your leather is thoroughly cleaned and prepared for the introduction of the pigment. The colour pigment is made up on site to exactly match the colour, this need to be done during daylight hours. When we have achieved exact colour match, the pigment is applied to the prepared leather. The pigment will then need a finish to seal the colour and finally the sheen is adjusted to match the rest of the piece of leather. When dry a protector is applied and it’s finished. Your leather is now fully dry and can be used but we always recommend that it is left for 24 hours to fully cure.
Small touch up work can be carried our in your home or business, but some whole furniture recolouring need to be taken away to our workshop.
Other colouring processes are used for aniline leather.